I'll be flush-cutting 1/2 MDF on a mantel as well as 10 mil maple veneer at a later stage on the same project. I'm sure I'll find other uses for it down the road, too. What brands/models do you folks like? Thanks.
Bosch 1617EVS kit is your best bet for both quality and value. The kit comes with both a fixed base and a plunge base, 1/4" and 1/2" collets, and a really nice case. See this month's Wood magazine for reviews of this and several other kits. The Bosch won their head to head test hands down. You should be able to pick one up for around $200 or so. Highly recommended.
I've got the Bosch. Love it, has variable speed (good for big bits, or if doing plastic work so you don't melt your work), soft start (doesn't torque in your hand so badly on startup), quiet (this is a relative term, after all it is a router).
I've only got the fixed base, wish I had the plunge base as well, but have lived without it so far.